Our Leadership


Our entire lives, both personally and professionally, have been focused on helping the disadvantaged and recognizing the struggle that millions of Americans have experienced with respect to their basic civil rights. We are proud to serve as co-chairs of an innovative new cultural center, the Museum of Civil Rights. This museum will promote a greater understanding of the history and legacies of the modern civil rights movement while actively nurturing future generations of visionary leaders and catalysts for change. We encourage you to join our movement and to help us achieve our goals of building a world-class cultural center in the heart of Harlem, New York. Your gift will enable the Museum of Civil Rights to help heal the historic lines of division in our society and to inspire those who continue fighting for social, political, and economic equality for all Americans.

— The Reverend Al Sharpton and the Honorable Jonathan Lippman Co-chairs

BOARD OF Trustees

  • The Reverend Al Sharpton, Co-chair
  • The Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Co-chair
  • Lilliam Barrios-Paoli
  • Maurice Cox
  • Michael Hardy
  • Father Joseph M. McShane
  • Allen Roskoff
  • Linda Stasi

“The museum is home to a tremendous showcase of the movements for civil and human rights founded and grounded in the northern United States. It pays homage to the areas of
advancement of African Americans, Latino Americans, women, the LGBTQ community and other ethnic groups who all fought tirelessly against discrimination and bigotry. This will be a museum of intersectional relation and will highlight the battles of those marginalized who then
championed their way into the mainstream of American life. It will tell their stories so others
will be able to see both the challenges and hopes of the American dream through the lenses of people from different backgrounds fighting for the same united future.”

“Civil Rights in America are the life blood of our democracy.  The new Museum of Civil Rights will energize and prepare future generations through the lens of our vast diversity and the monumental struggles to achieve equal justice for all.”